OCHOA program
Mexico City - Antigua - Medellin - Lima
May 30 - September 25, 2021
Under 5 spots remaining
The Ochoa 4-month Latin America program will take you on a journey of personal and professional discovery. Aptly named after the inspiring Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go to outer space, this program allows you to embark through beautiful Latin America, a region full of diverse cultures, welcoming communities, and transformative experiences.
Chanel Ry Yugen Program
Chanel - RY Yugen Program
“This is going to be one of the best cities on your itinerary. Even if it's your month 12 make sure you get out and explore. Eat all the tacos, drink all the mezcal margaritas, and don't wait till the end of the month to discover the deliciousness that is chicarron de queso.”
Denysha - RY Fernweh Program
HR Specialist
“I loved getting to know the City Team, getting a glimpse of what life is like living among RY Citizens, meeting RY staff, dancing at La Santa, investing in the community through community service, eating tacos, seeing mass quantities of dogs. I guess you can say I liked CDMX a little.”
Scott - RY Veritas Program
Consulting Engineer
“It's a beautiful city with beautiful weather and wonderful, engaging people.  See as much of it as you can!?
Rob - RY Fernweh Program
“Mexico City is an awesome place with so many fun things to do and see - and the best food to eat. There were also loads of RY citizens in town, which can make it even more fun. I enjoyed going to the wrestling, pyramids, zoo, Chapultepec Park, and the Spanish lessons."
Olga- RY Veritas Program
Marketing Manager
“Enjoy everything the city had to offer! CDMX is so rich in history, culture and LIFE. Eat all the tacos, go to all the parks and venture outside the city for some fun day trips.”
Alondo - RY Battuta Program
Mobile App Developer
“I’ve been to places I never would’ve seen on my own because I decided to say “Yes” to RY and the experience to which the program/participants have invited me. I wouldn’t trade this for anything. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Life in a cubicle won’t cut it for me now!”
who This program is for:
This 4-month journey through Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru is for the explorer-at-heart who wants to take their job to one of the world's most culturally-rich and vibrant regions, who seeks to authentically indulge in local history, and experience it all with a community of like-valued individuals.
What's included
Local Experiences
Community Programming
Transport from the airport
Flights between destinations
Program Leader & Local Team
Health & safety resources
These are just a few of the amazing humans coming together to bring you a life-changing experience.
Program Leader
Your Program Leader will make your group feel like you’ve known each other forever by organizing community-building experiences and programming, providing on-site support, and helping make the magic happen.
Local Team
Your local team and our partners are that friend that’s always in the know. They will make sure you feel at home where you’re staying and working. If you haven’t fallen in love with their culture or country after joining their curated local experiences, we haven’t done our job!
Local Partners
& Friends
Our incredible team of local partners & friends will be popping in, whether that’s to lead a walking tour, an afternoon hike, a cooking class, a positive impact day, or just to hang out.
Mexico City, Mexico
Antigua, Guatemala
Medellin, Colombia
Lima, Peru
During your Ochoa journey, you’ll experience the best of Latin America while visiting 4 culturally-rich and unique destinations. 

You’ll start your journey in Mexico City, a metropolis abundant with history, unbelievable food, green parks, and a Pride celebration you won't want to miss. 

You’ll then continue on to Antigua, Guatemala, a town with a mix of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, ancient ruins, and volcanoes you have to see to believe. 

Next, you’ll travel Medellin, Colombia, the “city of eternal spring” where lush green landscapes are around every corner and aromatic coffee fills the air. 

Finally, you’ll finish your journey in Lima, Peru, a coastal city that is one of the most famous culinary destinations in the world right now. Experience where deserts, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean collide to cap off your life-changing experience.
In every city, you’ll love living like a local with walkable streets, great options for cafe-hopping, dining, or entertainment, and convenient access to everything right outside your door.
You will be staying in comfortable private bedrooms in a mix of 2-3 bedroom apartments or houses as well as hotels. In some destinations, you may even be staying in a private, one-bed hotel room. All Remote Year accommodation is located in the top neighborhoods that offer a mix of local and international flavors, and are always within walking distance from the workspace. You’ll love the great location, culturally-rich atmosphere, and easy access to countless activities. There may be options to upgrade to a private apartment after booking.
Private Room
(shared apartment or house or hotel)
Your Workspace
You will have 24/7 access to a workspace in each Remote Year destination. You’ll love the beautifully designed space and meeting the diverse community of locals and foreigners. We will always have plenty of desks, phone booths, and bookable meeting rooms.

Your Experience

The Ochoa program includes carefully curated programming that gives you an authentic taste of each country. Each program includes 2-3 locally curated experiences, like visiting a real Colombian coffee farm, riding up and down the sand dunes of Peru or exploring a magical pueblo in Mexico City, country and language orientations, weekly community activities, and social events, local walking tours, skill-sharing sessions, and positive impact experiences. There are also overnight and weekend trips available at a cost. Below are a mix of some of the curated local experiences and side trips that are either included or available at a cost on your program.
Hot Balloons & Pyramid
san miguel de allende
FROM Mexico city
Lake Atitlan ExperiencE
FROM Antigua
Volcano & Village
FROM Antigua
Quindio Coffee Experience
FROM Medellin
Tayrona Park & Santa Marta
FROM Medellin
Rainbow Valley
93% of Remote Year participants have rated their experience positively
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What’s not included?
You are responsible for your flight to the first Remote Year destination city and your flight outfrom the last destination. You are also responsible for all visas and travel insurance needed. Meals are also not included.
How many people will be on the program?
Program sizes always vary, but we usually have between 25-40 people on each program.
Can I bring my significant other or pet?
Significant Other: Yes, we’d love to have your significant other sign up for the program too! If you are sharing a bedroom, you will both receive 20% off each monthly fee. After you pay your down payment, just send us a message here and we’ll send you discounted invoices.

Pets: We are not able to support pets on programs currently, but we are going to do our best to continue exploring this option and will update you in the future if it becomes viable.
What is the visitor policy?
The full policy around visitors in Remote Year accommodations varies per destination, accommodation, and the preferences of your roommate(s) (if you have one or more). The comfort and space for your visitor will vary greatly by accommodation, so it will be up to you to determine if your living space is sufficient for your visitor. Visitors must be approved by the Program Leader and roommates. When they can be accommodated, visitors can stay in Remote Year accommodations for a maximum of 5 nights of any single month.
Which airport should I fly into for pickup?
We will be doing pickups from the airport of your first destination at a few scheduled windows on launch day. We will share exact times during the onboarding process, but expect the window to be around 10am - 4pm.
Can I specify roommates or food preferences?
Yes, after booking, you’ll receive an Onboarding survey to indicate your living preferences, food restrictions, and allergies.
Will I have wifi and space to work?
Yes, you will always have wifi and workspace access.
What happens if I get sick during the program?
We have access to local doctors, local health resources, and health services in close proximity.
What’s the weather/seasonality?
We chose this itinerary because we think it’s a great time to be in these destinations.
Is the region safe?
We always work with our safety and security partner, International SOS, to determine the best destinations for each of our programs with your safety in mind.
Where can I find the latest on COVID restrictions?
We will always follow all global and local guidelines. Please check for your country-specific requirements and feel free to use the US State Dept site as a starting point. For more information on our approach to COVID, please click here.
Questions before signing up?
Book a call with a member of our team
Payment Schedule
Due today
Due 60 days before your program
Due each month during your program (x4)
Total program price (4 months)
Book with confidence
All bookings are changeable with no fees up until 60 days before the program start. New bookings can be rescheduled up to 12 months from the original program start date. See Terms & Conditions & Payment Policies.
What if I have to cancel?
If travel & safety regulations change and we are no longer able to operate the program on the scheduled start date, we will offer a refund or the option to reschedule.

We understand that personal plans may change, so we are waiving change fees up to 60 days before the program starts. You can rebook for a future program up to 12 months from your original program start date.
For extenuating circumstances, please see Terms & Conditions.
When do I need to make the payments?
You’ll need to make an initial down payment of $
to reserve your spot. The remainder of your down payment, $
, is due 60 days prior to the start of your program. During the program, you’ll pay $
per month for each of the four months.
What if I need more flexibility on payments?
If you need help with a payment plan or financing, please reach out to our team for options.
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